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Music / ZZ Ward

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ZZ and her guitar.

A soulful singer-songwriter, ZZ Ward (born Zsuzsanna Eva Ward, June 2, 1986) makes blues-infused rock-pop songs about relationships, love and sex. Her debut album, Til the Casket Drops, has placed three singles on the radio charts: "Put the Gun Down," "365 Days" and "Last Love Song."

Ward released her second album, The Storm, in 2017.

Ward's music has been featured on a couple hit shows, including Pretty Little Liars and Awkward., as well as promos for Nashville. She's also played most of the major late night talk shows.

The Pennsylvania-born Ward also plays guitar, piano and harmonica. You can listen to her music at her YouTube channel.


Tropes found in ZZ Ward's work:

  • The Alcoholic: Cryin' Wolf is addressed to one of these (he has many, many other issues as well).
  • Analogy Backfire: The smoldering, otherwise-excellent ''Blue Eyes Blind" includes the lines "Forget the truth until tomorrow/You'll be my Hughes, I'll be your Harlow." Harlow and Hughes refer to Jean Harlow and Howard Hughes; the latter "discovered" the former. If your boyfriend reminds you of Howard Hughes, might be a good idea to get away.
  • Blues Rock: A pop-ish variety, to be sure.
  • Break-Up Song: Several, with different tones
  • Crying Wolf: "Cryin' Wolf," naturally, which is about a crummy boyfriend who has made so many promises that it's impossible to believe him.
  • Hip-Hop: "Cryin' Wolf" and "Criminal" both feature verses from guest rappers, while songs like "Lil' Darling" have definite hip hop influences.
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  • Intercourse with You: Quite a few songs about sex.
  • Nice Hat: Almost never seen without a fedora. The Last Love Song video is an exception, one she even lampshaded on her social media accounts.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Put the Gun Down is a peppy, bouncy, up-beat song that's actually a desperate, futile plea to the woman Ward knows is going to take her man.
  • Obligatory Bondage Verse: Cryin' Wolf features a guest verse from Kendrick Lamar, which includes the line, "Don't forget about the kinkiness of playing with the cuffs...."
  • Title Track: 'Til The Casket Drops is the title track for....
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Terribly fond of "fuck." When it started raining during a show in Denver, she asked the audience, "You all know where I'm from? That's right, Oregon. Fuck you, rain."
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Last Love Song," which is a big departure from the up-beat, sassy tracks for which she's known.
  • Woman Scorned: 365 Days is a version of the classic "woman betrayed by a cheating man" song: clothes and possessions (including his money) thrown out a window, locks changed, etc.
  • Your Cheating Heart: "365 Days" and "Cryin' Wolf" are both directed at cheating boyfriends.

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